Yesterday I joined a weekly group in prayer. Even though it was remote via zoom, the experience was powerful. Within moments I sensed the motioning of God’s Spirit. My heart was stirred by the Holiness of His Presence amongst us. Prayer is vital not only for each of us personally but in gathering together in the name of Jesus Christ.
We need to lift our hearts to the Lord during these times. Our journeys are each different but we have the same need in seeking Him in prayer. If you find yourself separated by boundaries of isolation or circumstances, I pray that you will be able to connect with others. We can pray by phone, pray with the family, teach friends how to pray, and most of all, ask God for friends to pray with – He will not disappoint you.
I believe that we need to gather together (even in an intangible way) and worship God when we pray. When we gaze at the beauty and majesty of the Lord, our hearts melt. We soften and become His; ready to meet with Him. The hardened parts that have battled the day or denied Him even for a moment, come forward and bend towards the Light of His Love. There, we begin Prayer. All of this, for the sweetness of gathering before God. I am so grateful that the Holy Spirit has no boundaries in this world and that Jesus Christ faces us wherever we are.
Because of the joy and encouragement, that prayer gives to me, I wanted to share some quotes that I found with you:
St. Augustine – Do you wish to pray in the temple? Pray in your own heart. But begin by being God’s temple, for he will listen to those who invoke him in his temple.
E.M. Bounds – Prayer is a wonderful, powerful; tool placed by Almighty God in the hands of His saints, which may be used to accomplish great purposes and to achieve unusual results. Prayer reaches to everything, takes in all things great and small which are promised by God to men. The only limits to prayer are the promises of God and his ability to fulfill those promises.
E. M. Bounds – Prayer is God’s life-giving breathe. God’s purposes move along the pathway made by prayer to their glorious designs. God’s purposes are always moving to their high and beneficial ends, but the movement is along the way marked by unceasing prayer. The breathe of prayer is from God.
E. M. Bounds -God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.
John Bunyan – When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than words without heart.
Chrysostom, Saint Joan -Prayer is…a treasure undiminished, a mine never exhausted, a sky unobstructed by clouds, a haven unruffled by storm. It is the root, the fountain, ands the mother of a thousand blessings.
Billy Graham – Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But it doesn’t pull God down to us: It pulls us up to him.
O. Hallesby -Prayer is so rich and so mobile that all we have to do when we pray is point to the persons of things to which we desire to have this power applied, and He, the Lord of this power, will direct the necessary power to the desired place at once.
O. Hallesby – To pray is nothing more involved than to open the door, giving Jesus access to our needs and permitting him to exercise his own power in dealing with them.
C. S. Lewis -Simply to say prayers is not to pray; otherwise a team of properly trained parrots would serve as well as men in prayer.
C. S. Lewis – It is quite useless knocking on the door of heaven for earthly comfort; it’s not the sort of comfort they supply there.
Martin Lloyd Jones – Everything we do in the Christian life is easier than prayer.
Martin Luther – To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
Thomas Merton – And when God reveals himself to us in contemplation we must accept him as He comes to us, in His own obscurity, in His own silence, not interrupting Him with arguments or words, concentrations or activities that belong to the level of our own tedious and labored existence.
F. B. Meyer – The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer but unoffered prayer.
George Mueller – When once I am persuaded that a thing is right, I go on praying for it till the end comes. I never give up till the answer comes. The great fault of the children of God is that they do not continue in prayer. They do not persevere. If they desire anything for God’s glory, they should pray until they get it.”
Charles Spurgeon – Because God is the living God, he can hear; because he is a loving God, he will hear; because he is our covenant God, he had bound himself to hear.
Charles Spurgeon – Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of omnipotence.
Charles Spurgeon – On his knees, the believer is invincible.
Mother Teresa -Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of himself. Ask and seek, and your heart will grow big enough to receive him and keep him as your own.
Saint Teresa of Avila – Prayer doesn’t consist of thinking a great deal, but of loving a great deal.
John Vianney – The interior life is like a sea of love in which the soul is plunged and ism, and is, as it were, drowned in love. Just as a mother holds her child’s face in her hands to cover it with kisses, so does God hold the devout man.
© 2020 Linda Willows